Earthquakes Post Fourth Straight Shutout with 1-0 Win Over Sounders FC at Qwest Field
SEATTLE, Wash. – The San Jose Earthquakes continued their good form by earning a 1-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC in front of nearly 36,000 fans on Saturday afternoon at Qwest Field in Seattle. The win puts the Quakes into second place in the Western Conference.
Chris Wondolowski scored the lone goal, and has now scored in five of his last six matches. He took one game off last week from his scoring binge, but he found the back of the net in the 11th minute to give San Jose a 1-0 lead. Wondolowski was sitting unmarked at the back post, and a ball from Joey Gjertsen was flicked on twice, by Brandon McDonald and then Bobby Burling before it found Wondolowski at the back post. He hammered home his team-leading fifth goal on the campaign. The victory marks the fifth win on the young season for the Quakes, who had only seven in all of 2009. The also recorded their fourth consecutive clean sheet, making it 363 minutes since they last conceded a goal.
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San Jose Earthquakes (5-2-1) vs. Seattle Sounders FC (3-4-3)
May 22, 2010 – Qwest Field
Scoring Summary: SJ – Chris Wondolowski (Bobby Burling, Brandon McDonald) 11.
Misconduct Summary: SJ – Ryan Johnson (caution) 35; SJ — Bobby Convey (caution) 78.
San Jose Earthquakes — Joe Cannon, Ramiro Corrales (Brad Ring 89), Jason Hernandez, Bobby Burling, Chris Leitch, Bobby Convey, Andre Luiz, Brandon McDonald, Joey Gjertsen (Steven Beitashour 55), Ryan Johnson (Scott Sealy 69), Chris Wondolowski.
Statistics: Shots 3; Shots on Goal 1; Saves 3; Fouls 12; Offsides 1; Corner Kicks 3.
Seattle Sounders FC: — Kasey Keller, Leo Gonzalez (Pat Noonan 76), Tyrone Marshall, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, James Riley, Steve Zakuani, Nathan Sturgis, Patrick Ianni, Sanna Nyassi (Miguel Montano 62), Freddie Ljunberg, Fredy Montero
Statistics: Shots 18; Shots on Goal 3; Saves 0; Fouls 11; Offsides 2; Corner Kicks 11.
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SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH FRANK YALLOP
On the result:
“I think the whole team has that mentality to not want to concede a goal and it’s not easy to maintain that. It runs through the team, you tend to take your risks, and you saw it today. We have a lot of strong characters out there. Everyone has bought into it from day one of the preseason, that we won’t be a push-over, it’s not going to be easy to score on us and we will limit our mistakes.”
“This is a big three points for us, and we are satisfied coming in here and leaving with full points. This breeds confidence in our side, and we look forward to getting back home for two big matches next week with Toronto and then Columbus.”
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES FORWARD CHRIS WONDOLOWSKI
On scoring another goal:
“It feels great to get back on the score-sheet, This is an incredible place to play up here in Seattle and really, it’s hats off to our defense again, posting another shutout. It is just a great win, and we are very happy with the result.”
On the team’s momentum:
“It means a lot for us going forward. Joe Cannon is playing great, the whole defense really, with Bobby (Burling), Chris (Leitch), Ramiro (Corrales) and Jason (Hernandez) all playing extremely well. It goes all throughout our team, front to back, and this is a huge win and we look forward to getting back on the field next week.”
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES GOALKEEPER JOE CANNON
On the fourth straight shutout:
“I’m not worried about the individual aspect of it because these guys make things a lot easier on me. I can’t single out one guy because, really it’s the whole group. It’s very enjoyable to get these results and we are just going to keep going.”
“I think win or lose, this team is always going to have momentum. Seattle got close today, one of the shots missed the top corner by inches. If that goes in, we are still the same team. I think we know that this definitely gives us confidence. We know that we can go practically anywhere because I feel that this is probably the toughest place to play and get a result. This bodes well for us down the road, and hopefully the guys will enjoy the moment and we will focus on Toronto when we hit the practice field on Monday.”